Christopher Felver Bio

Christopher Felver (born October 1946) is an American photographer and filmmaker with published books of photos of public figures, especially those in the arts, most notably those associated with beat literature, such as Charles Bukowski, William Burroughs, Noam Chomsky, Gregory Corso, Clint Eastwood, Lawrence Ferlinghetti, Allen Ginsberg, Dennis Hopper, Oliver Stone, Elizabeth Taylor, Hunter S. Thompson and Kurt Vonnegut.

Christopher Felver is a cultural documentarian. His distinctive visual signature as director, cinematographer, or producer is a lasting contribution to the legacy of our national cultural community. Felver’s films & photographs read like a roster of American mid-century avant-garde. His documentary on Lawrence Ferlinghetti, Ferlinghetti: A Rebirth of Wonder, was released in 2013.


His photography has been exhibited internationally, with solo photographic exhibitions at the Arco d’Alibert, Rome (1987); the Art Institute for the Permian Basin, Odessa, Texas (1987); Torino Fotografia Biennale Internazionale, Turin, Italy (1989); Centre Georges Pompidou, Paris (1994); Roosevelt Study Center, Middelburg, Netherlands (1998); Fahey/Klein Gallery, Los Angeles (2002); the Maine Photographic Workshop (2002); Robert Berman Gallery, Los Angeles (2007); the San Francisco Public Library (2018)[3] and other galleries and museums.

His works have also appeared in major group exhibitions, including The Beats: Legacy & Celebration, New York University (1994) and Beatific Soul: Jack Kerouac On The Road, New York Public Library (2007). A collection of his photographs is held by the University of Delaware.


The Spirit of Golf (2020); Anthony Cragg: Inside/Outside (2020); Ferlinghetti: A Rebirth of Wonder (2013); Cecil Taylor: All the Notes (2005); Donald Judd’s Marfa Texas (1998); The Coney Island of Lawrence Ferlinghetti (1996); Tony Cragg: In Celebration of Sculpture (1993); John Cage Talks About Cows (1991); Taken by the Romans (1990); West Coast: Beat & Beyond (1984); and California Clay in the Rockies (1983).


Writers Lawrence Ferlingetti, Robert Creeley, David Amram, Amiri Baraka, George Plimpton, David Shapiro, Luc Sante, Lee Ranaldo, William Parker, Douglas Brinkley, Gary Snyder, Lance Henson, Linda Hogan and Simon Ortiz have written introductions for Mr Felver’s books.

Tending the Fire: Native Voices & Portraits (University of New Mexico Press, 2017); American Jukebox (Indiana University Press, 2014);  Beat (Last Gasp, 2007) an intimate memoir of image, text, and reminiscence; The Late Great Allen Ginsberg (Thunder’s Mouth Press, 2002); The Importance of Being (Arena Editions, 2001), with 400 portraits of eminent figures in American arts, letters, music, and politics;  Ferlinghetti Portrait (Gibbs Smith Publisher, 1998); Angels, Anarchists & Gods (Louisiana State University Press, 1996), featuring the American avant-garde; The Poet Exposed (Alfred Van der Marck Editions, 1986), a monograph of contemporary American poets; and Seven Days in Nicaragua Libre (City Lights Books, 1984), co-authored with Lawrence Ferlinghetti.